Intel plans for more manufacturing in Ireland, Israel, Oregon

December 18, 2018 // By Peter Clarke
Intel has begun planning for multi-year cycle of manufacturing expansion at its major wafer fab sites in Ireland, Israel and Oregon, according to Ann Kelleher, general manager of manufacturing and operations. 

However, there are also reports that Intel has ended its multi-year dalliance with custom foundry provision.

Kelleher said the move is being made as part of a transformation of Intel from a PC-centric to a data-centric company. As a result Intel will pursue a $300 billion annual available chip market and make a greater diversity of products at higher volumes for a broader set of customers, Kelleher added.

Kelleher did not indicate how much Intel intends to spend at each site over what period of time.

"This year, we raised our capital expenditures forecast and put that money to work expanding our 14nm manufacturing capacity to increase supply. We also made good progress on the previously announced schedule for Fab 42 fit-out in Arizona, and we made the decision to locate development of a new generation of storage and memory technology at our manufacturing plant in New Mexico. Looking ahead, we are now in the early planning phase for manufacturing site expansions in Oregon, Ireland and Israel, with multi-year construction activities expected to begin in 2019," Kelleher said in an article on the company's website.

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